Here is Where I am
This workshop draws attention to the nature of ‘place’ as a key aspect of working in the ‘here and now’. Places have the capacity to fill us with sensory experiences and stimulate encounters with our autobiographical and procedural memories. These can influence the way that I think about my identities and the choices I have as to how I behave and bring myself to a task.
I will introduce participants briefly to ideas on place, linking with our attachment patterns and the capacity to be curious. As a basis for discussion and activity we will work with the question ‘Where is Tavistock?’ and draw on our associations to actual and imaginary places that the word Tavistock inhabits.
This event has a Pre-Workshop ‘walk and talk’ beginning at (1hr before the workshop) in Tavistock Square Gardens, London WC1H at 10.30am. This will be an opportunity to connect with the originating location of The Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology at its Tavistock Square Clinic and to encounter shifts in place and perception brought about by nearly a century of change.
Karen Izod: I work as a consultant to change and professional development, concerning myself with how we can work to best effect and utilise professional judgement. This involves working with the dynamics encountered in sustaining connection with one’s self, one’s colleagues, and one’s intentions in the tasks that we undertake.
For several years I have been exploring ideas about how ‘place’ informs who we are, and how we behave as organisational representatives, which is based on theories of attachment and relational psychoanalytic approaches.
I am a Professional Partner of the Tavistock Institute, having co-founded and directed its Practitioner Certificate in Consulting and Change (P3C), and the Certificate in Coaching for Leadership and Professional Development (CLPD). I am also a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of the West of England.
Much of my work is experiential and experimental, making use of a variety of visual and verbal media to surface thoughts and ideas. Additionally I am a poet and writer on our relatedness to landscape and the environment. I live in Guildford, Surrey, on the edges of the North Downs.